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Stan Bush will be appearing at the Gods later this month and he has recorded some of the best AOR/melodic rock over the past twenty years or so. Check out the debut SB & Barrage album for proof!

1. What are you currently up to?

I've been writing songs for a new album and also rehearsing for the GODS 2003 in Northern England. In addition I've been doing sessions here in L.A., including a Toyota commercial which is currently airing.

2. What has been the highlight(s) and lowpoints(s) of your career to date?

Probably the single greatest moment in my career was winning an Emmy for best original song in 96. Just being nominated was great, but to actually win was really something. Every artist has low points I suppose, but I've actually had a pretty good time mostly. Since I never really had a big hit or anything, my disappointments haven't been so bad either.

3. How did you first get into the music business? Who have been your main influences on your career to date?

My older brother taught me how to play guitar and I always used to sing in every band I was in. Pretty much after high school and one year of college I hit the road playing night clubs in the South, later joined a recording group in Colorado, and on to L.A. Influences have been pop and rock bands like the Beatles, Led Zepelin, Foreigner, Motown, etc... .

4. What sort of setlist can fans expect at the forthcoming UK Gods show?

I'll be doing stuff from several of my albums spanning my whole career.

5. What has been the best gig(s) you have played so far?

Playing at the 96 Olympics was very cool. I had a song "Capture the Dream" that was featured on NBC and they asked me to perform in Atlanta.

6. Which of your songs are you most proud of and why?

"Love Don't Lie" is one of my favorites of the older stuff, and I really like "Language of the Heart" (title track from the latest album), because of the message of finding the truth inside each of us.

7. Will there be anymore albums under the Barrage banner at all? What level of success did the SB & Barrage album achieve?

I'm not sure what name the next records will be released under. The original Barrage album was certainly one of my best, both critically and in terms of sales. There were tracks in movies, and European tours. "The Touch" was in "Transformers: The Movie" and there were other movies soundtracks as well. House of Lords recorded "Love Don't Lie".

8. How do you come up with ideas for your songs? Any fellow artists you would like to work with in the future?

I've been trying to say important things in my songs, while keeping a sense of fun. Music can't always be too serious. I've been thinking about putting together a new band, so I'm considering different players.

9. What do you do in your spare time outside of music?

I'm a family guy, you know. I read a lot and do audio editing on my computer.

10. Message for your fans...

Thanks for your support!!!


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